, the band's third album and debut, was released on June 7, 2005 and debuted at No.30 on the chart, selling over 30,000 copies in its first week of release. It utilized a more classic metal sound than Avenged Sevenfold's previous albums, which had been grouped into the genre. The album is also notable for the absence of and growled vocals; M. Shadows worked with vocal coach Ron Anderson—whose clients have included and —for months before the album's release to achieve a sound that had "grit while still having the tone". The album received positive reviews from several magazines and websites and is credited for propelling the band into international popularity.
Having found a new bassist, , the group released their second studio album titled on Hopeless Records in August 2003. The album featured a more refined and mature sound production in comparison to their previous album. The band received profiles in and , and played in the . In 2004, Avenged Sevenfold toured again on the Vans Warped Tour and recorded a video for their song "" which went into rotation on 's . Shortly after the release of , Avenged Sevenfold left Hopeless Records and were signed to .
Before the release of their debut album, the band recorded two in 1999 and 2000. In mid-2001, it was reported that Meacham had attempted suicide by drinking excessive amounts of cough syrup. The attempt had an impact on the band's . During his hospitalization he remained in poor condition and was replaced by Dameon Ash. In an interview, lead singer said of Meacham that "he perma-fried his brain and was in a mental institution for a long time, and when you have someone in your band who does that, it ruins everything that's going on all around you, and it makes you want to do something to prevent it from happening to other people." Avenged Sevenfold's debut album, , was recorded when the band members were in their late teens and still in high school. It was originally released on their first label, in 2001. After lead guitarist joined the band after the album was released, the introductory track "To End the Rapture" was re-recorded featuring a full band element. The album was subsequently re-released on in 2002. The band started to receive recognition, performing with bands such as and and playing on the .
To date, Avenged Sevenfold has released six studio albums, one live album//DVD, and eighteen singles and have sold over 8 million albums worldwide.
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